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Class of 2020 (Narita Rikido / Uchida Kyota)

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With the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 posts having been completed now, let's move onto the Class of 2020, the year group who are first eligible for Ozumo from 2020. For a bit of context, one of my reasons for going to Japan for the first time back in 2016 was to see a showdown between Rikido and Kyota, the title rikishi of this post. They certainly didn't disappoint.

As before, we'll list the Top 32 rikishi in this year group, ranked by their results in every national level tournament prior to graduating middle school. We will also be focussing on some of them, talking about what kind of wrestler they are, what notable results they've achieved, and more importantly, what their story is. Hopefully when they start appearing in Makuuchi in years to come, you could look back to the Amasumo section and see where they came from, and what they've been through.

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1 - Narita Rikido (成田 力道), Aomori
2 - Uchida Kyota (内田 京汰), Shizuoka
3 - Honda Kotaro (本田 豪太郎), Kumamoto
4 - Altangerel Sosorkhuu (アルタンゲレル ソソルフー), Mongolia
5 - Niijima Ibuki (新島 伊武起), Kagoshima
6 - Miura Tomokazu (三浦 智一), Aomori
7 - Takko Asahi (田子 麻聖), Akita
8 - Shinozaki Sota (篠崎 颯太), Ibaraki

9 - Sugahara Haruka (菅原 悠翔), Shizuoka
10 - Seki Masashige (関 真成), Niigata
11 - Kitamura Yuta (北村 優太), Nagano
12 - Shinto Akira (神藤 輝), Osaka
13 - Mochizuki Masaya (望月 大矢), Shizuoka
14 - Tateno Ryu (舘野 隆), Fukushima
15 - Komiyama Toa (小宮山 翔海), Tokyo
16 - Takeuchi Fumu (武内 楓夢), Fukui

17 - Kobayashi Arashi (小林 嵐), Saitama
18 - Yoda Shigeki (依田 蒼基), Kanagawa
19 - Shoda Haruto (正田 悠倫), Hokkaido
20 - Takayama Shunsuke (高山 瞬佑), Shiga
21 - Morita Akihito (森田 陽彦), Ishikawa
22 - Ikoma Tomoyuki (生駒 智之), Gifu
23 - Soma Shinya (相馬 伸哉), Tochigi
24 - Fukuda Shintaro (福田 真大朗), Tochigi

25 - Nishikawa Mirai (西川 宙生), Tokyo
26 - Sakai Yuma (坂井 勇麻), Hiroshima
27 - Oura Hirofumi (大浦 宏文), Nagasaki
28 - Kohara Sota (小原 颯太), Kanagawa
29 - Inagaki Akira (稲垣 明良), Mie
30 - Suzuki Yamato (鈴木 大和), Miyagi
31 - Sekiguchi Takeru (関口 健), Gunma
32 - Shimomura Yamato (下村 耶真人), Yamaguchi

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These threads are great.  One (somewhat annoying) request--it'd be really nice when looking at the retrospectives if the top 32 post included the rikishi's entry date and shikona in Ozumo and/or their University as it became applicable.  

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20 hours ago, Ryoshishokunin said:

These threads are great.  One (somewhat annoying) request--it'd be really nice when looking at the retrospectives if the top 32 post included the rikishi's entry date and shikona in Ozumo and/or their University as it became applicable.  

There will be updates each basho on which of the Top 32 are in Ozumo, what their shikona is, which heya they belong to, and where on the banzuke they are currently at. Those who are not included in the updates have gone onto high school and university.

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1 - Narita Rikido (成田 力道), Aomori

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Type of Wrestler

Pusher thruster, large body

Major Achievements

Primary School Championships runner-up (Grade 3)
Wanpaku Yokozuna (Grade 4)
Primary School Championships runner-up (Grade 4)
Wanpaku Yokozuna (Grade 5)
Primary School Championships runner-up (Grade 5)
Hakuho Cup runner-up (Grade 5)
Wanpaku runner-up (Grade 6)
Primary School Yokozuna (Grade 6)
Hakuho Cup winner (Grade 6)
Middle School Student Championships semi-finals (third year middle school)

Personal Stories

November 2020 was the basho when ex-Ozeki Kotoshogiku announced his retirement from Ozumo, nearly five years after he won that famous Yusho. It was his success at the Hatsu 2016 Basho that prompted a Japanese TV show called Guru Nai to recruit some talented youngsters in Aomori Prefecture to join what they called "Kinboshi Sumo Club". The first thing they did in the show was to visit and interview Aomori's defending Wanpaku national champion - Narita Rikido.

Starting off his sumo journey with Nakadomari Dojo (Takarafuji and Onosho's sumo club), Rikido quickly made himself known to the amateur sumo community by nearly winning the Primary School Championships as a third grader (against mostly fourth graders). He followed that up by winning no less than four national titles over the next few years, as opponent after opponent struggled to deal with his powerful pushes. Heck, he might even have done a Toma Tsuguto and won every tournament in his sight if it wasn't for that long-standing rival of his from Shizuoka (we'll get to him later).

Below are his semi-final and final bouts from the 2016 Primary School Championships. Not only does Rikido have a very effective oshi-attack, his relative lack of height (and hence lower centre of gravity) also gives him an advantage in a belt battle.

 

Narita Rikido has also been instrumental in helping Nakadomari Dojo win their first ever National Club Championships back in 2016. In an incredibly crucial match in the semi-finals, and against his arch-nemesis, Rikido (on the right) calmed his nerves and thrusted with everything he had. On this occasion, his rival didn't have an answer.

 

Rikido has since moved down south and joined the powerhouse sumo club that is Tottori Johoku High School. My hope is that under the tutelage of Ishiura's father, Rikido can improve on the technical side of his sumo, now that raw power is much less effective.

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